Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has been told to revise his master’s thesis for the Naval Postgraduate School. If he doesn’t, according to reports, the school will rescind his degree.
Clarke was accused of plagiarizing parts of his master’s thesis, written while the former Milwaukee County sheriff was at the California school.
The thesis, written for Clarke’s security studies master’s degree, was titled, “Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible.” Reports said there were 47 instances where Clark did not properly attribute a directly quoted source in the thesis.
Clarke has denied the plagiarism allegations. However, a July letter from Commander Paul Rasmussen, dean of students, was published Friday by CNN. It shows that the school found a violation and that Clarke was given 100 days to make revisions. The letter also says the violation was “not a result of any intentional deception.”
In response to the CNN report, Clarke told radio host Joe Pags: “They’re saying certain words and phrases I should have put quotation marks around. OK, alright, fine. Maybe from a formatting standpoint the thesis isn’t perfect, but the content is there.”
It is not clear whether Clarke has made the requested changes.
Clarke is a consistent supporter of President Donald J. Trump, stumping for the president while he was a candidate during the 2016 election cycle and continuing his support into the President’s first term in office.
In June, Clarke withdrew his name from consideration for the role of deputy secretary at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). His potential role at DHS angered many liberals, who claimed Clarke was a racist and a hater towards Muslims and Black Lives Matter.
His appointment faced massive delays, which was reportedly the reason Clarke officially notified the Secretary of Homeland Security that he had rescinded his acceptance.
At the end of August, Clarke resigned from his job as the Milwaukee County sheriff, handing in his resignation letter to County Clerk George Christenson.
According to the county clerk, Clarke did not provide a reason for the sudden move.
Clarke reportedly issued a “retirement statement” to local media hours after his resignation was announced.
“After almost forty years serving the great people of Milwaukee County, I have chosen to retire to pursue other opportunities,” Clarke wrote. “I will have news about my next steps in the very near future.”
In September, Clarke announced that he had joined the America First Action Super PAC as a senior advisor and spokesperson.
“It gives me the chance to do what I love most—promote President Trump’s agenda–including his fierce support for the American law enforcement officer–and ensure that the will of the American people who got President Trump elected is not derailed by the left or the self-serving Washington establishment,” Clarke reportedly said.
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